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Auction 138, Lot 173

Unusual Thematic Map of the United States

"Standard School Broadcast Pictorial Music - Map of the United States of America…",

Subject: United States

Period: 1949 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

40 x 26 inches
101.6 x 66 cm

Established in 1928, the Standard School Broadcast was a weekly radio show that promoted music appreciation and history for children. This map was a supplement to the 22nd annual Standard School Broadcast course, sponsored by Standard Oil. It is based on the 1938 map by the U.S. Department of the Interior and is very colorful and full of detail. Almost every state has at least one illustration that represents a song such as "Riders in the Sky" in Texas and "Turkey in the Straw" in North Carolina. The states are also color-coded to show the growth progression from the original thirteen states to today's configuration with Alaska and Hawaii as territories. A number of historically important trails are shown as well including the Overland Mail Route, the Old Spanish Trail, the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express Route. The title cartouche is surrounded by musical instruments and there are ships and wind heads in the ocean.


Condition: A+

Excellent condition with bright color.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $425

Closed on 12/7/2011